Assistant Teacher

Assistant Teacher
Opening for the 2020-2021 school year


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Experience with children/adolescents in a special education setting preferred
  • Ability to develop an understanding of special needs population and therapeutic milieu
  • Proven interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work both collaboratively and independently
  • Ability to maintain professionalism and composure in stressful situations
  • Strong communication skills


  • 10 months/full time (40 hours)
  • Salary and benefits determined by the Executive Director 


  • Provide in-class support to teachers and students
  • Demonstrate flexibility and the ability to improvise when necessary 
  • Help maintain a clean and organized teaching environment
  • Maintain structure of program 
  • Assist with homeroom and academic classes when needed; provide coverage, when needed 
  • Assist teachers with lesson planning, grading, or prep work, as requested 
  • With guidance from a classroom teacher and at times independently, work with students on one-to-one basis or in small groups
  • With the support of the classroom teacher, become familiar with students’ goals as defined in the IEP
  • Become familiar with standard educational accommodations and commonly used therapeutic supports, such as O.T. strategies
  • Respond to student behaviors in the classroom and throughout the milieu by utilizing Gifford behavioral systems
  • Facilitate and lead students during transitions, lunch, electives and group activities
  • Provide one-on-one support to students in or outside the classroom in order to meet their needs 
  • Consistently uphold the structures of the school by enforcing rules and regulations
  • Utilizing Safety Care techniques, help maintain community safety
  • Participate in Program team meetings and be an active member of the team
  • Communicate serious incidents and other pertinent matters to program leaders and/or administration in a timely and effective manner
  • Provide input into IEP and progress reporting as requested
  • Participate actively in training and supervision
  • Integrate information about students’ interests and abilities into the development of clubs and Group Activity to provide new learning opportunities for students; help lead those clubs and group activity  
  • Participate in and develop cross-school initiatives and events
  • Help with cross-school support/coverage
  • Manage effective and efficient Counseling Area 
  • Assist with facilitating off campus school trips 
  • Attend monthly administrator led in-service training
  • Develop positive relationships with families and serve as case monitor for assigned students. Make regular, weekly contact and also contact when necessary; communicate information to the team
  • Remain up to date (daily checks) with all internal email and voicemail messages
  • Participate in a few night meetings 
  • Help maintain a safe, positive work and learning environment for all by adhering to the principles of conduct described in Gifford’s policy manuals and by treating all Gifford community members with fairness and respect
  • Demonstrate respect for diversity among our staff and student body and promote an atmosphere which values this diversity
  • Understand and represent Gifford’s culture and mission to students, families and others
  • Within the context of your position at Gifford and as the job evolves, be open to new ideas, opportunities and responsibilities assigned by your supervisor and/or the Executive Director

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to participate in outdoor physical activities to include kneeling, stooping and lifting up to 25 pounds

Please submit a cover letter and resume to:

Hiring Manager
The Gifford School
177 Boston Post Road
Weston, MA 02493

T: 781-899-9500
F: 781-899-4515

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